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Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction.

Mahatma Gandhi

It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life.

Phil Ochs

(contributed by Thomas Anderson)

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

(contributed by Kira)

The strength of a man is proven when he is stricken and does nothing, not when he retaliates.

William Irvine

(contributed by Will I am)

... don't let your elders and supposed betters tell you any different. Sure, you've never been to Paris. No, you never ran with the bulls at Pamploma. Yes, you're a pissant who had no hair in your armpits until three years ago - but so what? If you don't start out too big for your britches, how are you gonna fill 'em when you grow up? Let it rip regardless of what anybody tells you, that's my idea; sit down an smoke that baby.

Stephen King

Wisely and slowly. They stumble that run fast

Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet

(contributed by Guardian)

No revenge is more honorable than the one not taken.

Spanish proverb

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

Robert Frost

Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernal. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.


Learn from the mistakes of others -- you can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Every person that you meet knows something you don't; learn from them.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You are never fullied dressed until you wear a smile.

Bruce Patterson

The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine percent of them is in a book.

Ray Bradbury
Farenheit 451

(contributed by Neil.H)

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

Charles Swindoll

(contributed by Julie Shepherd)

You are made strong not by winning easy battles, but by competing in hard fought ones.

(contributed by Julie Shepherd)

The past and future are inevitable. The past and future do not exist.

Paul Williams
Das Energi

Here and now, boys. Or else spend infinite future fightng quarrels of endless past.

Paul Williams
Das Energi

I might say: if the place I want to get to could only be reached by way of a ladder, I would give up trying to get there. For the place I really have to get to is a place I must already be at now. Anything that I might reach by climbing a ladder does not interest me.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

(contributed by Nomad)

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

Arnold H. Glasow

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

James A. Michener

We are what our deepest driving desires are; As is our desire, so is our will; As is our will, so is our deed; As is our deed, so is our destiny.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

(contributed by sumanth cidambi)

A gentle hand may lead an elephant with a single hair.

Persian proverb

So far as I am concerned, poetry and every other art was and is and forever will be strictly and distinctly a question of individuality... If poetry is your goal, you've got to forget all about punishments and all about rewards and all about self-styled obligations and duties and responsibilities etcetera ad infinitum and remember one thing only: that it's you - nobody else - who determine your destiny and decide your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else... There's the artist's responsibility; and the most awful responsibility on earth.

E E Cummings
i six non-lectures, New York, Atheneum, 1962, 24

(contributed by Libby)

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

W.M. Lewis

If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.

J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Why fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?


(contributed by Caitlin Meegan)

In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side.

Theodore Forstmann

If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light - not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.

Beryl Markham
West With the Night

It is often argued that the people who will be affected by a major decision should be involved in it. Paul Kruger, president of the Transvaal in southern Africa, once resolved a dispute between two brothers about a land inheritance they were to share. Kruger's decision: let one brother divide the land, and let the other brother have first choice.

Louis E. Boone
Quotable Business

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

Adlai Stevenson

One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalised and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

Michael J. Fox
Saving Milly

It´s useful because it´s beautiful.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince

(contributed by Misael)

The best of man is he who blushes when you praise him and remains silent when you defame him.

Kahlil Gibran

(contributed by apen)

The point is, ladies and gentlemen, greed is good. Greed works, greed is right. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed in all its forms, greed for life, money, love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind -- and greed, mark my words -- will save not only Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas)
Wall Street

If you can see a bandwagon, it's too late to get on it.

James Goldsmith

All that counts in life is intention.

Andrea Bocelli

You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.

Meryl Streep

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.

Mignon McLaughlin

The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.

Yves St. Laurent

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.

Ken Blanchard

Once we admit that there is room for newness — that there are vastly more conceivable possibilities than realized outcomes — we must confront the fact that there is no special logic behind the world we inhabit, no particular justification for why things are the way they are. Any number of arbitrarily small perturbations along the way could have made the world as we know it turn out very differently.

Paul Romer
The Journal Economics

(contributed by Andrew)

You try too hard. Winners forget they're in a race. They just love to run.

Joe Pesci (Simon B. Wilder)
With Honors

(contributed by Jason)

Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.

Lawrence Bixby

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.


Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

Helen Keller

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.

Charles Caleb Colton

Anger or hatred is like a fisherman's hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.

Dalai Lama